Tis the season of… HOPE?

Hope is a very common word in our daily lexicon. The more commonplace something becomes, the less of an impact the word has when it is used. For example… I am not someone who swears. Never have been, never will be (no judgement though!). If I used a swear word, people would be SHOCKED and it would hold A LOT of weight. If Eminem uses a swear word, no one blinks. (LOL… who ever thought Eminem would appear in a post about the holidays!?) Commonality strips words of their power.
Image result for crossing fingersHope, I believe, is one of those words.
I hope it doesn’t rain… I hope my team wins… I hope I don’t say something stupid… I hope they don’t show up… I hope I win the lottery… I hope I [fill in the blank]…
I am not here to tell you to stop saying these things or to tell you that you are incorrectly using the word hope, but simply to say that HOPE can mean SO much MORE. Let’s look at Miriam Webster’s definition:

Definition of hope

intransitive verb (action has no direct object)
  1. 1:  to cherish a desire with anticipation <hopes for a promotion>

  2. 2archaic:  trust

transitive verb (action has a direct object)
  1. 1:  to desire with expectation of obtainment

  2. 2:  to expect with confidence :  trust

In the instances above, these are all the intransitive version of hope. There is no direct, foreseen event that will for certain occur. This is simply wishful thinking.

But do you see what both the “archaic” and transitive definitions include?!

TRUST!

I don’t know about you, but trust is not given very easily by me… especially for future events. There has to be a lot of support and confidence in something for me to trust, without a shadow of a doubt, that it will happen.

Image result for star of bethlemTHIS is the type of hope that Christmas refers to! And (this may ruffle some feathers… but it is truth)… Christmas has its roots in Jesus Christ. So whether or not you celebrate the birth of Jesus during this time of year, that is where the idea of hope originated from and why it is tied to this season. It was the fulfillment of hope for a Savior and long-standing promise from God, for there to be forgiveness of sins/rebellion against God/selfishness, for a new hope of an eternity spent with God the Father in heaven with no pain, suffering, death, or evil.

If you are not a Christian, PLEASE, pause and try to consider what it would be like for someone who DOES/DID (long ago) believe in this. You don’t have to believe in what I wrote above to grasp the great gravity of the HOPE that this season is founded on. For these people it was the most encouraging, victorious, and inspiring moment. It makes them feel as though all they had believed is validated and so all that is said to come WILL. Wouldn’t that feel amazing? Doesn’t that picture of hope seem a little different than “hoping” for a certain type of weather?

We cannot deny the roots of holidays! There is much to learn from origins, whether we choose to adopt their implication or not.

Biblical perspective below…

Image result for Jesus hopeChristian, do you trust God with anticipation and certainty for your deliverance from sin, eternal state, and that though society grows further from biblical living… there ARE better days ahead. If your hope is in Christ and your mind is focused upon that hope, you will have joy [a word to discuss soon!]. Your hope is not in your body, your job, your reputation, a person/spouse/child/etc, the state of the world/society… they will not deliver you. We must daily remind ourselves of the hope we can have in Christ alone if we are to live a life that is free from worry, doubt, fear, and hopelessness.

What is your hope in? Can you truly trust it? My desire for you is to find a secure source of hope that you can stand on firmly with trust and assurance to help you through even the darkest of days. “Hopey” Holidays! 😉

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